I love public speaking. I really do. There’s a burning passion inside me for it. Now, whether that’s a call for therapy or medication might be a discussion for another time, but standing before a large audience and helping them realize their potential and giving them tools to be more successful has become a calling for me.
This week I’m speaking at a conference in Austin for two days on The Art of Professionalism and Leading a Multi-Generational Team. Preparing for my remarks got me to thinking about what the audience needed to hear. This led me to five things.
There are five things that everyone needs to hear from their boss, manager, supervisor, or director. These five things cut across professions and generations, and they’re essential to maximizing people’s effectiveness in the workplace. Everyone, regardless of their job duties or where they align on the org chart, need the following:
- Clear expectations
- Opportunities to contribute
- Guidance and correction when needed
- Feedback on their workplace relationships
- Praise and recognition
If you’re not providing these to your staff, start now. If you are, by all means please continue. But above all, these five things have to come from a place of sincerity and authenticity. Providing them from a selfish motive of simply increasing productivity will eventually ring hollow. Provide these five things because you genuinely care about your people. Do that and watch them maximize their potential.